Even disabling the 'extract' capability users are able to download data

03-29-2022 09:43 AM
Status: Closed
New Contributor II


On feature services there is the 'extract' capability. However, even disabling the option, users are able to download data from third-part softwares like QGIS.

Steps to reproduce:

  • Publish a feature on the portal
  • Disable extract capability
  • With QGIS add the feature and export the data

The Bug BUG-000089531 describes a similar behavior on ArcGIS Desktop:

Be unable to extract data is very important for govenance strategies.

Thank you,

Rafael Casagrande


This setting seems to prevent ArcGIS Pro from exporting the data. Because this is a feature service, it is sending geometry and attribute data, which other programs such as QGIS are able to save to local files/features if there is code that allows it. If you really want to to make it more difficult to download the data, only offer Map Image service if you can and you do not require feature capability.

Status changed to: Closed

If you don't want users to access your data (i.e., via extraction), consider securing your services.  This product documentation on ArcGIS Enterprise and standalone ArcGIS Server may be of help.